Local History

30 July 2015

For the family historian, few heirlooms are as precious as an autobiography. Alan Crosby is lucky to possess one written by his mother, offering vivid accounts of a bygone age

23 July 2015

A recent trip to Oxford saw Alan pay a pilgrimage to the house where a branch of his family tree once lived – including a forebear who served in the local fire brigade

16 July 2015

Alan Crosby recently came across some fascinating details about the diets of our Georgian forebears – enough to make a modern nutritionist scream

14 July 2015

We select some of the highlights from the BFI's new Britain on Film website, which showcases historic footage from across the country

13 July 2015

Paul Blake suggests the kind of resources that reader John Reeves can make use of to discover why his grandmother was sent to a children's home in Greater Manchester

10 July 2015

Jonathan Scott surveys the best websites for researching ‘the Few’ and the RAF ground staff that supported them in the Second World War

09 July 2015

Ever found a frustrating gap in a parish register? Rather than lax record keeping, there might be a more unusual explanation says Alan Crosby

02 July 2015

We may be in for a sweltering summer, but at least we won’t face the freakish weather conditions our ancestors endured in 1783, says Alan Crosby

23 June 2015

Alan's getting excited about the new series of WDYTYA? and the type of stories that could be in store

18 June 2015

The bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo means that there’s never been a better time to research ancestors who fought in the Napoleonic Wars, writes Jonathan Scott

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